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Erie Arts and Culture Grants

Grants to Erie County, Pennsylvania Nonprofits
for Arts, Cultural, and Heritage Projects

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Erie Arts and Culture

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Deadline Date:

10/20/17 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $5,000 to Erie County, Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations for a broad range of cultural, heritage, and arts activities. The purpose of this program is to enrich the lives of local residents and promote a vibrant region. Proposals will be evaluated according to project quality, management, and community impact and engagement.

Projects which involve music performance and arts education have an enhanced pool of funds available thanks to donors who wished to ensure that these specific activities thrive in Erie County.

Types of Projects:

General Projects for Organizations: Erie Arts & Culture project grants provide flexible, accessible funding to help organizations complete short-term projects addressing a wide variety of goals and objectives. Awards may support first-time applicants, including new or emerging organizations, as well as established organizations.

Bold, Ground-Breaking Projects: Project grants provide funding for innovative and experimental projects. Awards may support big ideas that push boundaries, engage participants in unexpected ways, pilot new solutions to challenging problems, or improve program design with calculated risk-taking.

Projects Building Cultural Diversity: Erie Arts & Culture project grants may be used to support new, existing, and emerging organizations whose mission, staff, programs, and board represent culturally diverse communities. Awards may fund projects that celebrate communities’ unique arts and culture or preserve culturally significant artistic traditions or practices.

Projects Improving Accessibility: Organizations may use Erie Arts & Culture project funding to make accommodations for patrons and artists with disabilities. Awards may support one-time accommodations such as American Sign Language interpretation, audio description, captioning, or materials in alternative formats; or the purchase of durable equipment. This funding is not intended for physical space accessibility improvements.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162210

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants can request up to $5,000 per project.

Term of Contract:

The project must occur between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility Requirements
-Applicants must be a registered tax exempt organization under Section 501(c) 3 of the IRS Tax Code, as demonstrated by a copy of the applicant's IRS Determination Letter.
-The applicant’s principal office/activities must be located in Erie County, PA.
-Applicants must not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, national origin, handicap, sexual orientation, marital status, gender or gender identity in any program or activities receiving grant funds.
-Applicants must be in good standing in accordance with Erie Arts & Culture’s grant requirements and must have provided all contract reporting required to date.
-The project must occur in Erie County, PA and be accessible by the general public.

No awards will be made directly to individuals. Individuals are encouraged to work with an eligible organization to apply.

Capital expenditures over $500 and costs associated with benefits/fundraiser are unallowable.

Organizations that are not independently incorporated as tax-exempt nonprofit may apply through a qualified fiscal agent. Fiscal agents must provide proof of eligible tax status and submit a signed Letter of Commitment explaining the organization’s role and level of involvement in the proposed project and committing to adhere to all funding requirements, project administration and reporting procedures.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicants are invited to attend the free grant writing workshop, scheduled for Wednesday, September 13th at either 11:00 AM or 6:00 PM at the Raymond M. Blasco, M.D. Memorial Library, 160 E. Front Street, Erie.

This is an opportunity for potential applicants to learn more about Erie Arts & Culture's revised project grant guidelines and the new online application.

Pre-Application Information:

Only partial support will be provided. Applicants must have at least 10% of their budget from other sources, which may include projected or estimated earned income.

The deadline for proposals is Friday, October 20, 2017, 11:59 PM.

Funding announcements will be made by December 12, 2017 following approval by the Erie Arts & Culture Board of Directors.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit applications online here:

Melinda Meyer, Program Director
(814) 452-3427 x102

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Pennsylvania: Erie County